If you’ve never played the first game of these series you might think Runner 2 is a platformer when you see its gameplay. Well, it ain’t just that, Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is a music platformer game. That, dear reader, makes all the difference.
Bit.Trip Runner was a game that was inspired by the 80′s video game graphic style which in turn Runner 2 kind of follows in a modern way. You star in the role of Commander Video as you avoid stuff and propel through the levels of the five different areas. As you avoid all the things that are thrown at your face you will complete the soundtrack that’s always playing in the background.
Its gameplay is pretty difficult to master as you must be pretty aware of what you must do at every given moment depending on what obstacle you’re facing. You jump, you slide, you kick, you shield as you make music. Understanding that is half the battle won in Runner 2. If you follow the beat you master the game… That and a whole lot of finger technique.
The soundtrack is pretty amazing and it’s surely the strongest point in the game. Visually, the game’s cut scenes are cleverly done in a Cartoon Network kind of way and the immersive narration by Charles Martinet, who amazingly voiced Mario and Skyrim’s Paarthurnax, adds an extra point to the audio score.
Runner 2 never gets dull and the adrenaline is always running through the veins while you play this game. However, the biggest problem with Runner2 is that it becomes quite repetitive. You have to avoid the same kind of obstacles a zillion times before you’re introduced to a new kind of trick.
Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is one of those games you should take the time and experience it. I could write an essay of a thousand words and you wouldn’t get the essence of this game through them. Try it, it’s the only way, and you most probably wont regret it.
- Story: 7
- Gameplay: 8
- Sound: 9
- Visuals: 7
- Final Score: 8